Delayed puberty—no periods by age 15 years for a girl or no enlargement of the testes by age 14 to 15 years for a boy
You will be asked about your child's symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. Your child's height, weight, and body will be measured. The skull and facial features will also be checked.
Blood and urine tests may be done. This may include genetic tests.
Pictures may be taken of your child's body. This can be done with
Children with familial short stature do not need to be treated.
The cause of short stature in other children will need to be treated. Choices are:
Stopping or changing medicines that may be causing short stature
Taking medicines to replace missing hormones that help with growth
Lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet
There are no known guidelines to prevent short stature in children who have familial short stature or short stature from genetic problems.
The risk of short stature in others may be lowered by:
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Last reviewed September 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Kari Kassir, MD
Last Updated: 5/11/2021
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